All of our lower cabinets are in and we’ve even installed one of the three uppers. A giant cabinet over the refrigerator, in fact. We decided to frame out our refrigerator for a more finished look. This started with hanging the large cabinet, screwing into the joists and studs along the back wall.
Now do you realize how huge. It is 36 inches wide, two feet tall and 29 inches deep. In a small kitchen, every inch counts. Actually, when I was painting the insides of the lower cabinets, I accidentally painted this guy because he was that big. Moving on. After installing the cabinet, Ben screwed a small strip of plywood to the floor. The sheet of plywood screwed into the cabinet and this small strip to keep it from shifting.
He did the same thing on the other side, too. Another strip of 3/4 inch plywood on each side filled the gap between the fridge and wood nicely.
We’ll cover the ugly edges with a face frame for a smooth, polished look. But this already does a lot to make the kitchen look fancy and custom.
The doors still swing open all the way because the panels are set back slightly. We also made the opening a standard size as we plan to get a new refrigerator when this one conks out. And it helps detract from seeing the fridge when you walk in the front door.
Of course once we get the dishwasher, which should be here today, install the counters, (we’re hoping they get the wood by tomorrow), and hang the other upper cabinets, everything will look much more cohesive.
While we’re discussing cavernous kitchen storage, let’s look at the newly installed drawers.
Obviously we still have more to install. Well, we have to build them first. But the drawers on either side of the stove are in. Those puppies are massive. 43 inches wide to be exact. Oh, and you can see the rope lights. Vincent wanted to show you.
I’ve already started putting things in the drawers, too. What used to be split into three drawers now fits in the top right drawer. Yep, every single utensil we own is visible with the pull of one drawer.
The middle drawer has all of our mixing bowls, strainers, a salad spinner, and food storage containers.
And the bottom drawer holds our pots, pans, baking dishes, and toaster with room to spare.
Other drawers have some stuff, too, but nothing else is in a permanent place. Before we started the kitchen reno, I had a few moments of concern about having enough storage space. Now, I’m wondering what I’ll put in the other side. Not really because we still have food in the pantry and dishes in the guest bedroom closet. But we’re both so excited about the space we’ve gained without enlarging the footprint of the kitchen.
So how ’bout you. Are your drawers over sized? No, not your pants. Have you encased your fridge for a high-end look? Do you have similar items dispersed all over your kitchen?